Windows Tips

January 8, 2004

Because so many of you run Windows out there I thought I would pass along some free programs that you absolutely must run. These three programs are a must on my clients’ computers. I spent about 4 hours this week cleaning off spyware, viri, and assorted junk that tends to gunk up Windows. So to keep from calling someone like me to help fix your system, try these out.

AVG Free AntiVirus has a lower overhead than Norton AntiVirus, so you really don’t notice it running. It caught a couple of virus’ that Norton and Mcafee left alone, and it’s free.

AdAware kills the various forms of Gator and other bits of crappy spyware before it kills your system. Have a system that’s dragging, then check for bots and spyware….same with Search and Destroy…..

**Adaware **

Ad-aware Standard Edition is THE award winning, free*, multicomponent detection and removal utility that consistently leads the industry in safety, user satisfaction, support and reliability.

**Spybot Search & Destroy **

Search & Destroy can detect and remove spyware of different kinds from your computer. Spyware is a relatively new kind of threat that common anti-virus applications do not yet cover.

**AVG AntiVirus **

The unique combination of detection methods (heuristic analysis, generic detection, scanning and integrity checking) ensures that your computer receives the maximum protection possible on multiple levels (Resident Shield, Email Scanner plugins, Personal Email Scanner, On-Demand and other tests, etc.).